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I The Standard Magazine Section Ogden Utah, October 18, 1913.
mar IS J They Do Say as How Itjjjj ' 51L ' H . TX. 1 fil 9 H ' Tk u. the port's trade. Ho ts heart- obtaining .''On n.imcs to his p ti- which, in fad. onlrol n. arp all the K lo 71 O L- (i Him 1 I iDnrl 1 B J TO, Six In favor of every sort of run- i,,, lor n..i.im.iti..n ma kovernmenl positions in Massachu- g wlLld 1 C JtV C JLAllll d JVA HkJB 1 H yfl 9. nlclpal improvement, once he is dldato Tlioro air im ': tin- lii-ritor ofllccs be- J f TB Bin Ha LrWofV , ..ininecd that it reall is an ini- ,,, , ;i tmng . 1 - i I or insr t h- raid never 1 "Kni TA4 B I Uwik ,,,,,,,,, ,rnt. :m-m demands the s.in'. Vi.u .1 t ..n.niitt.-.-. 111 1 ' ' ' -1 v. ith the so- XLeiy Oli SHkl ! K B8sV si"r't from every one of his subor- ward workers, f..i i U- lions. 1 he ' x IA militant Mayor. Indeed, is John I". Fitzgerald of Boston. When ho is mayoring he is IT. and he doesn't care who knows it. Ho is the real boss on School street. Boston and the city Is well aware of that faTct. But when "Honey FHs" in away on hi? periodical trips, either boost ing Boston or recuperating at Palm Beach, he in turn Is bossed, and not by any politicians or voter?. His rulers arc his two protty daughters. Rose and Agnes, who trail after him wherever he goes J and make sure their mother's In- j' Btructions regarding the care he should take of himself are strictly obeyed. For the "Little Napoleon." is a worker and when he is Interested In a thing never lets go until he has finished. If he wore let he would stay up all night wrestling with municipal problems. But he isn't let his daughters pack him off to bed, and then write home that he Ih doing well and obeying orders. Sometimes he protests; but It doesn't do any good. In the end he minds. Mayor Fitzgerald receives more invitations to attend social fune- iiund man any man in mBSBSCnU I . setts. When he goes his daughter I go with him. When he went to I Europe with the Boston business I men on a boosting trip two years I ago, the daughters went along and I- encouraged him when he was per I spiring In his attempts to speak l( J German. French. Italian and other W-,' languages in which he was sup-I- posed to talk. I I When he went to Panama later, v,' the daughters went along. Every WrA winter he la at Palm Beach for his ft- vacation, and Rose and Agnes see ft. V thnt ho doesn't overtax himself. I I They show him all the newspaper I I ! cartoons and laugh over them with I I , him, They never have cause nowa days to become Indignant for three I years ago the Boston papers stopped ft lampooning the Mayor. ft-, Fitzgerald Is perhaps the lcad ft;"'l inS citizen of the Bay State today. ft-' I It Is not alone his genial. Irish ft personality which has effected thl Ik -1 for he is not the tjpo of Irish poll ftTJ I tlcian which has ruined New York. mJ-, He gained his popularity and the ft.; real esteem In which he Is held Wkf'l through what he has done. W'.'Ji In 1J06 Fitzgerald was elected ft I Mayor of Boston for the flrat time. ft...j Previous to that he had served In ftJ tho City Council and the Massa W'!: I chuscU General Court, as the Leg Wi. I islature Is called there, and then ftVj went to Congress, whore for six ftjVj! years he was the only Democratic representative from New England ftJ and ono of a very lonesome coterie fci'V'i of -rec ellverltes In tho capital. Biftt1 At the close of his administration HNk'j: ln 1907 at lhat tlme Boston fol- feLJ lowed tho custom of the State In KpKjl electing the Governor, and voted BSbFi for the Mayor each year FHzger- Bffifff was brought Into court In sn Bflp Investigation of graft In municipal Hy9m affairs Several men were snt to Bgbs lhc Workhouse on Deer Island, but BPbB Fitzgerald was absolved of all blame. KM In 100S. however, when he an- R9 nounced that he would be a candl- HHH date the following year, a deter- HB mined effort was put forth against HH hint. A change In the city govern- HH ment was coming with the adoption 3H of the new Charter, and the Mayor before, and, incidentally, a salary of $10 000 a year. 11 was a rich plum and several men were after It. The chief opponent of the Mayor was James J. Storrow. a very In fluential man. rich and powerful, fatal Fitzgerald was swept Into of f.'cce by one of the largest major ities ever known In a Boston eloe tlon. ins Over Entire City Within Year. Inside of a ear he had the en tire cit with him. and ln the last four years Boston ha made bigger strides than any city In the coun try. Fitzgerald Is interested In cery phuse of the municipality, from tho routine affairs of govern ment to tho personal wants of tho voters and their wives and children. Shortly after his election, In out lining his policy, he coined th slo gan 'BIGGER, BETTER BUSIER BOSTON," and since that time this phrase hae rem ilni d the polic of the entire city Fitzgerald Is better known to his constituents, In all probability, than any mayor of a large city In the world. The people of the slums know him and crowd around his automobile when he visits th- lr sec tion of the city Ho never is loo busy to stop and ask some mother about her baby or Inquire how some Immigrant Is succeeding In the lit tle business he has begun perhaps on the advice of the mayor. The wealthiest and proudest cit izens of the arlstoc ratic Back Bay lunch "Ith Mayor Fitzgerald at the City Club and discuss administra tion and munli Ipal problems with him. They have Instituted what Is known as the "round table' where some thirty or forty of them sit at lunch with the Mayor and criticise him to his face, and demand his reasons for whatever action of his falls to win their approval. They then make suggestions as to what they think should be his best course. Fitzgerald is the man who orig inated the system of city "town meetings.' Now thr town meet ing, a survival of old English cus toms, Is peculiar to New England, and some few of the Central States. Down East no city can bo char tered until It can show a census re turn of at least 23.000 Inhabitants. Uptll then it Is known as a town, and Is governed by a body of se lectmen, elected by the citizens. Am often as occasion requires the citizens meet ln one building, tho town hall and vote on the town's affairs after long discussion in which anyone may tako part. Now Boston, In the last few dec ades. haB grown from the little city It once was to be one of the richest cities ln the world, and the fifth city In the United States. St. Ixuis having but 17.000 more population. Within an area of ten miles from the Massachusetts State House Is a population of nearly 2.000,000 peo ple, in twenty cities and towns. Bos ton ln Its growth took in such scat tered towns as Brighton, Allison. Roxbury. Dorchester. South Boston. Hyde Park. East Boston, Charles town and others, Fnder the city administration It was very difficult for each district to obtain all thd legislation it thought it needed, and in fact many of them were forgotten when it came to appropriating the budget for the enr. Fitzgerald after study ing the problem a long time, an nounced that two or three times each year some public building ln each section, preferably a school. the citizens could met there. Fitzgerald attended every meet ing, with as man) of the council -nun as he could Induce to ?o, and a stenographer. An citizen who had a grievance or any sucstlon to make was free to rise and speak his mind The civic organizations appointed spokesmen to lay their demands before tho Mayor. Every word uttered was taken down by the stenographer and afterwards whipped into shape for considera tion before the City Counell The Mayor took an actho part in the discussions and pointed out im provements in tho suggestions or objections to them, and advised the citizens as to what action they should take. An immediate awakening of civ ic prldo was the result. Clean-up eampalgns were 6tarted, the civic . i.jb ,-i p douhU d i In Ir v ork, and ever man telt that he had an Im mediate interest in whatever wrs' done In the ejty, realizing that it might affect his section. A great in?ttntlon nf the Mayor's was ' Mothers' Day." which he start ed l h lt jcar. As is common In all of the cities with a section con Btructed In colonial times. Boston has a slum district Many of its citizens e.ninot afford a vacation, and the Mayor felt that tho women and children were entitled to at least one day s pleasure. Accordingly he personally telephoned the tug busi ness houses of the city and begged contributions of food and drink for them, and threw open one of Bos ton's bis reservations, Franklin Park, for the mothers. On the appointed day thi re were nearly 100.000 people at the park, and they remained the whole day. So did the Mayor. He advised the mothers, kissed the bable played with the Children, and enjoyed hlm ntif. generally, He really docs en Joy that sort of thing. Fitzgerald W ent to Boston a Poor Boy. Fitzgerald was a poor bo;,. His people rune to Boston with the im mense tldo of Irish Immigration Which flowed to the Eastern States about the time ot th. il War, and Ibttled in the old Weal End. rich in historlea! reminiscences and the. former bomb of some of the most famous men of American history. This was ln Ward S of Boston, and Fitzgerald got his early training under Martin Lomasney, the "Czar of Ward 8." who developed ono of the b at political machines ever seen In the United States, but who never used It for his own purposes. Lomasney has been ln the Maaaa ohuaetts Legislature longer than he can remember, and each y ear he is returned by a larger majority than ever Fitzgerald early became a spell binder, and to this day the old men of Ward 8, who reluse to move away, though they have become rich, swear by him There is an organization called the ' Dearos," composed of former residents ln that ward, who every year give Fitzgerald a reception and would die for him If need be. He worked outside of school hours while ho was a boy. and stud led Inw lnr wtr v V r to seek employment to help pay the family's bills. He has practic ed but little, however n hi- has been in politics hcarlv all of his active life Fitzgerald Is known as the "Slni; ins, Mayor," on account of his ten dency to carol sweet Adeline" at any and all times. He never is al lowed to depart trr.m a Function in his home cltv without lifting up his voice, and he has made his favor its song 'Bostons Municipal Hymn, A few years ago, when the "Chocolate Soldier" was at its height of popularity, it was sug gested that he change to 1 Mv Hero," oui aiter trying tne nign u a tew limes he concluded that his old atandby was much better On one occasion, when the students of Hil ton College were holding their an nual pop coneert night in Sym phony Hall, he was discovered in tho audience and hoisted to the stage, where he was made to sing "Sweet Adeline" before S,000 per sons. He then made the entire au dience rise and led them slncn kg the "Star Spangled Banner." He has a really good voice, too. a clear tenor, which has been slightly strained by open air singing. Fitzgerald le a little man, and greatly re.-em Me Napoleon, and it Is from this thai he received his name of "The Little Napoleon" His nickname of "Honey Fit." he received as a mark of the affection of the Boston citizens have for him. His enemies have called him worse things, but they never bother the happy Mayor. He Just smiles and aays "it could be worse." He has a dynamic personality and fairly Instills a spirit of work and ambition into everyone who comes into contact with him. He Is wildly enthusiastic about whatever plans he happens to bo favoring, and nev er lets up in the fight until he has accomplished his purpose. For four vears ho fought for tho Improvement of Boston Harbor un til he succeeded in appropriating eo epn 'o be p-cnen-led In Ihi!m- dlna tes. Fitzgerald is a close student of the affairs of tho United States Ho Is confident that at tho present lime the country is on tho verge of a i , , ord-breaking period of prosper ity, and his advice to all cities is: "Spend every cent you possibly can to be ready to meet the rush when It comes." Under his advice Boston Is build ing lis improvements to last B0 years. The Mayor Insists on the best, and he gets It. The citizens of Boston support him. and when ever he asks for monej It Is forth i oming. They are confident that If Honey Fit." is to have the spend ing of It the result will Justify the expense sees Prosperity in Panama Canal. Fitzgerald believes the opening of the Panama Canal will bring an estimable increase of business to the country, and a tremendous In llux of population. It Is with this vlfcw that he is Improv ing Boston Harbor, that he is spending millions of dollars on parks, schools and hospitals. He thinks that the Mid dle West, the Mississippi Valley, has the greatest opportunity of Its history before It now and that with the correct management It ouijlit to treble Its wealth In a decade. lie also follows with Interest the development of eitles, always searching for some Idea which can be applied to his beloved Boston. Under the new Boston charter, which was studied carefully for two ar8 before Its Introduction In the Legislature and which was fought for two vears more before It was passed, Boston has developed one of the most efficient administra tions in the country, but Fitzgerald believes there Is some room for Im provement. In national politics Fitzgerald Is a Democrat, and has been a delc gate to tho Democratic National conventions several times. In mu nicipal affairs he has no party, and believes that no municipal candi date should bo tied to party lines. Is virtually unknown ana aimosi forgotten by the younger men. There arc no politics In the admin istration of Boston, it Is all a ques tion of personalities, which means actions, and this theory Is strongly supported by the Mayor. Tho entire working force of the city is under tho civil service laws, tlrclj out of III-' "11 is. In Hon. : nd 1 he says hi is gl id ot M The schools j ire out of his iui Ir.dh lion, except Hi it, ev-of'i. in, he Is a member of die School Board, and he not! lltOJ fere ill I li- ir- .imili.it exec pj where he believes it is vital to th interests of the city. 1 j l V I ,, , ' : I Wm i : jew Mayor Jhn T. Fitzgerald in individual poje ;.t upper loft At the upper light are Mayor Fitzgerald and his daughters, I AgBM at the left and Rose at the right. Rttfttv-AgtiM Fifoeeratd ait loft and Ro n",M "ht- j I